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Tin Pan South Kicks Off March 30

tpsThe Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced the dates for the 18th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, running March 30 – April 3, 2010 in Nashville. Highlighting songwriters of all genres, the popular event will feature two shows per night at numerous local venues. For the fourth continuous year, Regions Bank will be Tin Pan South’s presenting sponsor.

The Tin Pan South Press Preview Party is set for March 9, 2010 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at The Rutledge (410 4th Avenue South) in Nashville. There, several featured writers will perform and announcements will be made regarding schedules, venues, participating writers and more.

During last year’s event, more than 350 talented songwriters performed over 80 shows at nine Music City venues. Over 9,000 music fans attend the event annually.

Visit nashvillesongwriters.com or tinpansouth.com to purchase Fast Access passes and check out Festival updates. Fast Access passes will go on sale March 10, 2010.

Hall of Fame To Salute Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Hall inductee Bill Anderson on December 12 as part of its quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. The 1:30 p.m. program, which will be held in the Museum’s Ford Theater, is included with admission and free to members.

The event will include an interview with Anderson by Museum Editor Michael Gray and a brief performance. The program will also be streamed live in its entirety at the Hall’s recently revamped www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

In addition to his accolades as a recording artist, actor, game show host, author and entertainer, Bill Anderson is one of the most successful songwriters in country music history with hits spanning over five decades. Anderson wrote many of his own hits and wrote or co-wrote the country classics “City Lights” (Ray Price), “The Tip of My Fingers” (Eddy Arnold, Roy Clark, Steve Wariner) and “When Two Worlds Collide” (Roger Miller, Jim Reeves). His more recent hits include “A Lot of Things Different” (Kenny Chesney), “Give It Away” (George Strait) and “Whiskey Lullaby” (Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley).

Anderson has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1961 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has earned CMA’s Song of the Year Award twice: in 2005 for “Whiskey Lullaby”; and in 2007 for “Give It Away.”

The Poets and Prophets series honors songwriters who have made significant contributions to country music history. Previous honorees include Matraca Berg, Bobby Braddock, Jerry Chesnut, Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, John D. Loudermilk, Bob McDill, Curly Putman, Whitey Shafer, Jeffrey Steele and Craig Wiseman.

Jamey Johnson Set For Downtown Shutdown

UMG Nashville is planning a Downtown Shutdown during Country Radio Seminar, a unique event which is open to the public as well as CRS attendees. On Wed., March 4 at 11:30 AM, Mercury’s Jamey Johnson will take to an outdoor stage at the corner of 5th Avenue and Commerce to perform a free concert, weather permitting. While many parties and performances surrounding the annual conference are only for those with CRS badges or invitations, UMG is taking this opportunity to reach out to the community at large for exposure, even luring them in with free food and drinks.

Tomorrow night (2/25) Johnson will perform on an encore airing of NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Performers for 40th Anniversary CRS Jam

DigitalRodeo.com and Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® have announced a number of performers for the 40th anniversary concert to close CRS-40 at Cadillac Ranch on Friday night, March 6 at 10:30 PM. Artists confirmed to date include Emerson Drive, Andy Griggs, Julianne Hough, Jamie O’Neal, James Otto, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Wayne, Chuck Wicks and Darryl Worley, among others. Additional performers continue to be confirmed.

“The lineup for The 40th Anniversary Jam is a great example of the diversity of artists that have experienced success at country radio,” says DigitalRodeo.com Director of Marketing and Promotions John Pyne. “We have artists with a proven history of No. 1 hits, as well as the emerging artists that will be stars tomorrow. The common thread is the role of country radio in the success of their careers.”

The unique theme of The 40th Anniversary Jam: A Musical Thanks to Radio is for artists to celebrate 40 years of Country Radio Seminar with performances of their favorite cover songs from the last four decades. The event will be held following the New Faces of Country Music Show® to officially close out CRS-40.

CRS-40 will be held March 4-6, 2009 at the Nashville Convention Center. The regular registration rate of $699 has been extended through the opening of the event. www.crb.org.

“Legends and Lyrics” Show To Tape In Nashville

Public Television show Legends and Lyrics will be taping its new season in Nashville on Feb. 20-23 with performers ranging from Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) to Amy Lee (Evanescence). The show honors songwriters and recording artists, including acclaimed hitmakers and rising newcomers. On the diverse line-up for the in-the-round tapings are Mac Davis, Lamont Dozier (“Stop! In The Name of Love”), Peter Yarrow (Peter Paul & Mary), Guy Clark, Roger McQuinn (The Byrds), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Aaron Lewis (Staind), Melissa Manchester, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”), and David Pack (Ambrosia).

The performances, at 3 PM and 8 PM each day, are open to the public and will be taped at the historic hall in the Grand Masonic Lodge downtown. The show is produced in Nashville by Songwriters In The Round and shot in HD1080p with Surround Sound. Details at www.legendsandlyrics.com.

A total of eight shows were taped last year in Nashville and Shreveport, La. That spring season series, to begin airing in April on Public Television, includes sets by Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx and 3 Doors Down; Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin and Randy Owen; Charlie Daniels, Phil Vassar and Jimmy Webb; Michael Martin Murphey, Pam Tillis and Ron Sexsmith; Susan Tedeschi, Kip Winger and James Slater; Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer), Mindy Smith and Regie Hamm; and Ed Bruce, Gordon Kennedy and Angela Kaset.

Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, and Randy Owen performing on season one.

Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, and Randy Owen performing on season one.

Digital Summit Reveals Speakers

The Leadership Music Digital Summit will host top-notch speakers including Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic; Dorrian Porter, Mozes; Greg Scholl, The Orchard; Jim Lucchese, The Echo Nest; Ali Partovi, iLike; Jim Cicconi, AT&T; and Dave Ulmer, Motorola. These and other yet-to-be announced experts will discuss how cutting edge technology relates to mobile communication, ISPs, social networking, intellectual property, money and more.

To be held at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center, sessions include Reforming the Digital Copyright System; Supply and Accessibility of Capital for Music Industry Innovation; and Creating, Cultivating and Monetizing the Artist-Fan Relationship. 

This year’s expanded two-day event runs Mon., March 23-Wed., March 25, with added networking opportunities and more live music. All registration fees are currently at or below 2008 prices, starting as low as $129. More than 600 attendees are expected.

CRS Offers One-Day Rates

Single day registration will be available for those attending Country Radio Seminar on March 5 “Music Industry Town Meeting Day” or March 6 “Radio Sales Day.”

Admission to the Music Industry Town Meeting is $265 and includes the Sony Music Nashville Luncheon with Miranda Lambert and Jake Owen, informational panels about technology and small markets, and WCRS Live! with Bobby Pinson, Paul Overstreet, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson.

Those signing up for Radio Sales Day will enjoy that evening’s New Faces of Country Music Show, sure to be a highlight of the week with performances by Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Kellie Pickler, Chuck Wicks and The Zac Brown Band. For the $370 one-day registration fee, attendees can learn from panels focused on consumer habits, promotional and research ideas. Also included is the Managers’ Breakfast, and Capitol Nashville’s luncheon with Darius Rucker and Little Big Town.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who has officially proclaimed the week of March 2, 2009 “Country Radio Week” in the city, will greet CRS-40 attendees on March 4. Registration for the full event, to be held March 4-6, 2009 at the
Nashville Convention Center, will be $699 until Feb. 6. On-site
registration will be $749.

Recording Workshop Set For Musicians Hall

The Nashville Recording Workshop and Expo, hosted by the local section of the Audio Engineering society, is set for Feb. 20-21 at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The two-day audio production conference will boast exhibits from top audio equipment manufacturers and a full schedule of presentations, starting with a keynote address from artist and studio owner Ricky Skaggs. The program is designed to aid home studio owners in getting the most of their recordings, and a selection of top audio engineers has been enlisted to guide attendees through the recording process. To register online, visit www.nashvillerecordingworkshop.com.

KCRS Live! During CRS-40

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® has announced that this year’s KCRS Live! lineup at CRS-40 will include artists and songwriters Jimmy Wayne, Kelley Lovelace, Ashley Gorley and Jonathan Singleton. The annual ASCAP sponsored event will take place Wed., March 4, at 5 p.m. as part of CRS-40, which runs March 4-6 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville. Connie Bradley, ASCAP Sr. VP commented, “We look forward to KCRS Live! every year. It gives ASCAP an opportunity to showcase some of our best songwriter/artists to radio in a more intimate setting.” Also during CRS-40 is the BMI and Country Aircheck sponsored WCRS Live!, set for Thurs., March 5 at 4:10 p.m. As previously announced, the program will include acoustic performances by Bobby Pinson, Paul Overstreet, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson. 

Nashville Screenwriters Conference Returns In 2009

The eleventh annual Nashville Screenwriters Conference (NSC) is set to take place May 29-31 at the historic Union Station hotel. The open-to-the-public conference will bring some of Hollywood’s top writers, producers, directors, managers, agents and studio executives to Nashville to network and share their experiences with local aspiring screenwriters and other interested individuals.

The popular “Music in Film & TV Luncheon” is returning to give songwriters, composers and artists an opportunity to learn how to place their music in films and TV.  Attendees can purchase to tickets to all or just some of the conference’s events. More details will be announced soon.